May 31, 2012
Think monsters, think allegory, think extravagant literary invention, think of a Red-Crosse Knight pricking across the plaine. Edmund Spenser's The Fairie Queene is a heroic epic of courtly flattery in 6 books (12 were planned, he got distracted), all about the moral virtues, and packed with action, incident, and astonishing feats of valour. Its also astonishingly readable, especially read aloud. For those who like to tackle a foul fiend and a cave of demons before breakfast.